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Leslie Crocker Snyder has spent 31 years in public service as a prosecutor and a judge and was the first woman to try felony and homicide cases as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's office. During her nine years in the office, she founded and led the Sex Crimes Prosecution Bureau, the first in the nation and a model throughout the country, rewrote the rape laws and co-authored New York State's Rape Shield Law.  She was previously a partner at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP, and in 2005 she was a candidate for Manhattan District Attorney.

After leaving the New York County District Attorney's Office, Leslie Crocker Snyder was named the Chief of Trials at the Office of the Special Prosecutor against Corruption. She re-entered the public sector after three years as a defense attorney and became Deputy Criminal Justice Coordinator and Head of the Arson Strike Force at the Office of the New York City Criminal Justice Coordinator. Soon after, she was appointed as a Judge of the Criminal Court of the City of New York in 1983. She was first appointed by Mayor Koch to the New York State Supreme Court, Criminal Term. In June of 2000, Judge Snyder was appointed to the Court of Claims. While on the bench, Judge Snyder presided over the trials of some of the City's most vicious and violent drug gangs as well as many white-collar, stock fraud and mob cases.

A lifelong reformer, Leslie Crocker Snyder has been an outspoken advocate for meaningful and balanced Rockefeller Drug Law reform and innovative rehabilitation programs that incorporate drug treatment, job training, counseling for the entire family and assistance in re-entry. A committed community advocate, Leslie Crocker Snyder initiated the "DA's in the Schools" program that will link Assistant District Attorney's with New York public schools as mentors and crime prevention specialists. Leslie Crocker Snyder is also a board member of the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club, DARE, Abraham House, the New York Police Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund, Federal Drug Agents Foundation and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Snyder has been honored with a number of awards in recognition of her career as a public servant, including (abbreviated list) The Hogan-Morgenthau Award; The Association of Legal and Medical Experts, Outstanding Contribution Award; The FBI Award for exceptional service in the public interest; The American Academy for Professional Law Enforcement Distinguished Service Award.

Leslie Crocker Snyder is the author of "25 to Life," a memoir of her experiences as a legal pioneer and her years on the bench. She has appeared on numerous television programs including: 60 Minutes (profile); The Today Show; The CBS Evening News, The Charlie Rose Show; Face the Nation, A Ted Koppel Special on the trial of a drug case, "Drugs, Crime and Doing Time." She has also served as a legal analyst for MSNBC and the Today Show, as well as consulting for Law & Order.

A graduate of Case-Western-Reserve Law School (J.D., with honors, 1966) Snyder received an A.B. from Radcliffe College (1962), and holds a Certificate from the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration (1963).

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